Kelvin K P Lim and Peter K L Ng
This Asian family differs from common gouramies by its bulky appearance, having a short spine in each pelvic fin, and a long, filamentous second pelvic fin ray. The dorsal is also placed way back near the tail.
This gentle looking giant, the largest of the anabantoids, has thick lips, giving it an almost smiling expression. It is considered an excellent food fish, and has been cultivated for the table in fish ponds. In Singapore, it is also stocked in fishing ponds. Said to rank amongst the best tasting of the freshwater fishes, this species has been introduced to many parts of South East Asia, such that it is difficult to ascertain its true native origin.
Fishes in Singapore
Amazing Fishy Facts
About the guidebook
From A Guide to Common Freshwater Fishes of Singapore by Kelvin K P Lim and Peter K L Ng
Published by the Singapore Science Centre and sponsored by BP
@Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research and Singapore Science Centre